GAA must lift ban of Martha —Demands former athletics chief

BY: Kwame Larweh
Martha Bissah
Martha Bissah

A former chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Lutterodt, says promising athlete Martha Bissah, is focused on her career and unfazed by talks of whether or not she would return into the national team.

He noted that it was important for the indefinite ban placed on Martha be lifted by the GAA before any meaningful talks of her returning to run under the Ghana flag.

“The Ministry and those who have an interest should make sure the ban on her is lifted; lifting of the ban is the most important thing for her. Even the IAAF said the sanction on her was too harsh,” stated Mr Lutterodt, a benefactor of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medallist who is currently a first year student at the Norfolk State University on scholarship.

Martha,20, was banned in May 2016 after she allegedly made comments against Ghana athletics chief, Prof. Francis Dodoo, comments the GAA described as bringing its name into disrepute.

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Responding to efforts by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Ministry to resolve the impasse between the GAA and the athlete, Mr Lutterodt told the Graphic Sports that the youngster was yet to decide whether to run for Ghana or not.

“Martha has not yet made a decision on whether to run for Ghana or not, her issues with the GAA are the least of her worries and she is currently focused ,concentrating on her studies and sporting achievements in the US,” Mr Lutterodt noted.

He called for the band to be lifted unconditionally and Bissah should be left alone to decide where her future lies. “Bissah is still very hurt and must be given time to decide her future’ he stated.